Wait a minute Canoeist If you want to build a strip-plank canoe — or kayak — Canoecraft is the book to buy… All in all a very comprehensive boatbuilding book and highly recommended. He is the author of Kayaks You Can Build. This book is a gold mine of information about building cedarstrip canoes, and comes as close to "step by step" instructions as I could imagine. It is slightly limited in scope, for example, by concentrating on only a range of products and sources available for materials, but otherwise terrific. For example, it only discusses and borrows heavily from material about the West System epoxies, bypassing some very valuable alternatives that a more complete discussion would include.
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The new edition is updated to include advances in glues and techniques since the original was published, as well as five new canoe plans, builder tips and paddle carving. Reviews of previous edition: An excellent definitive book A very comprehensive boatbuilding book and highly recommended. Over four decades teaching wooden-boat construction, he discovered that the same dream motivates all of his students, no matter their age: to build something beautiful and functional.
Canoecraft is the road map to that dream. Moores offers comprehensive instructions for the first-time builder, and for the second-time builder.
He adds a variety of canoe plans, each presented as a traditional table of offsets. Whether the goal is to build a general-purpose recreational canoe, or an efficient modern tripping canoe, or a full-decked fast-cruising canoe with walnut veneer, Canoecraft is the ideal guide to making it happen successfully. Bio: Ted Moores is a best-selling author. He is the author of Kayaks You Can Build. Preface: Introduction to the Second Edition I saw my first woodstrip canoe in , over 40 years ago.
I was working as a freelance commercial artist in downtown Toronto, Ontario, and was looking for a way out of the city and out of the job. I began building boats in in Gravenhurst, Ontario, but after only two years of life at Sundance Canoes, where I discovered the hard reality of operating a labor-intensive craft business on my own, I sold the business to Greavette Boats and escaped even farther from the big city to a hilltop, known as Bear Mountain, on the northern edge of Algonquin Park.
Perhaps it was the blood of seafaring ancestors in my veins. My partner Joan Barrett and I were still looking for a way to earn a satisfying living in the country working for ourselves. I started as a builder of canoes and added boat restoration as I became more and more interested in the history of the craft. Now I spend my time building foot racing canoes, producing plans for amateur builders, preparing books, teaching wooden-boat building and helping out at the Canadian Canoe Museum.
Over the years, I have met a lot of amateur builders, both those who have bought Canoecraft and those who have signed up to build a boat with me. When I think about it, the faces of so many of these people come back to me: the airline pilot who was scheduled for a second triple bypass and wanted to leave something of himself to each of his five daughters; the administrator of a juvenile correctional institution who started building a boat in his office to relieve the stress and, before long, was approached by his rebellious clients, who crowded into his office, asking questions, offering to help; the family that came, three generations at once, to build a boat together.
Most of these builders are motivated, at least in part, by a dream. Many have been harboring the urge to build something beautiful for decades, while they raised children and pursued careers, and only now, at retirement age, are they in the position to do something for themselves. I am always amazed at the number of people who find the decision to build a small boat a pivotal point in their lives. Maybe this is because building a good boat has all the components of a life under control.
Working through the building, step-by-step, from thoughtful preparation and careful execution to the reward of a finished boat is a pattern of living that makes sense. Learning to respond to and to work in harmony with materials can tell us something about getting along with ourselves and others. Finding a fair curve requires looking at a line from many different perspectives before making up your mind -- not a bad life lesson either, when you think about it.
Because of the attention to detail I recommend in these pages, a reader might be inclined to take me for a perfectionist. Perfection is a journey. The point for me--and I hope for you--is to take pleasure in where you are today, believing that it will be somewhere else tomorrow. Looking back over the years, I can see that my initial inexperience has in many ways proved an asset.
I started building boats with a technique that was still in the experimental stage. I had no woodworking or boatbuilding experience, which meant that the learning curve was slow and frustratingly steep at times; but the solutions I eventually worked out for myself were ones that produced good results in the shortest time, using common sense and simple tools.
Had I been a boatbuilder by trade, or an engineer, the system I developed would not have been as accessible to amateur builders like myself. The rightness of my approach lies in this book, which has been continuously in print for more than 40 years. It was ahead of its time when I first wrote it with my friend and northern neighbor Merilyn Mohr. The book quickly became the most used and most respected text on this method of canoe construction, accepted internationally as "the Bible of canoebuilding.
Although it was updated regularly with each reprinting the first edition went through 10 reprints , I eventually felt the need to update the text with new materials and tools and the techniques that I have learned over the years.
I know a lot more about the craft of canoebuilding now than I did in , and after a decade of teaching workshops, I have learned a few things myself. Casual boatbuilders are better educated and more sophisticated than they used to be. Teaching kayak- and canoebuilding to about students every year has given me a better idea of the skill level of the typical builder.
A growing number of potential builders are about 50 years old, with the majority of these being professionals who need to occupy their time as their careers wind down.
These people want concise information presented in a language they can understand. Even though their standards are high and they expect a lot of themselves, this is a vulnerable period in their lives. In preparing this second edition, I have tried to offer something for the second-time builder too. I have included a larger variety of plans, many of them different from those in the first edition. To avoid confusion, plans are now presented as a traditional table of offsets.
I have also included some new techniques--such as building a stapleless boat--and a whole new chapter on carving a paddle, the perfect accompaniment to your handmade canoe.
Fans of the original Canoecraft will also notice that the book has been redesigned for easier reading and that the photographs have been reshot and now follow a single boat--a foot Redbird--through every stage of construction. I started building canoes with the assumption that a person can get professional results if good materials are used and simple steps are performed with care in the proper order.
My techniques have evolved, as have the materials, but that basic assumption has always served me well and, as you begin to build your boat from these pages, it will serve you well too.
Canoecraft: An Illustrated Guide to Fine Woodstrip Construction
Preface Introduction to the Second Edition I saw my first woodstrip canoe in , over 40 years ago. I was working as a freelance commercial artist in downtown Toronto, Ontario, and was looking for a way out of the city and out of the job. I began building boats in in Gravenhurst, Ontario, but after only two years of life at Sundance Canoes, where I discovered the hard reality of operating a labor-intensive craft business on my own, I sold the business to Greavette Boats and escaped even farther from the big city to a hilltop, known as Bear Mountain, on the northern edge of Algonquin Park. Perhaps it was the blood of seafaring ancestors in my veins.